Living with Toys!

June 27th, 2011 by zoe 2 Comments

Living with toys isn’t always easy. They are supposed to amuse occupy and delight the children with the primary goal being – they are so absorbed in playing with their super-crusher monster baby that  they haven’t bugged Mommy all day.  Secondary goal – they are so intellectually stimulated by playing with their superplasma word gizmo and are now reading on par with high school seniors.   Then there are the less spoken of toy truths – they were going to go all ballistic and tantrumy in the store if you didn’t buy them SOMETHING.

Or they HAVE to have ALL the coolest toys because that is the American dream of a perfect childhood.

Whatever the reason, there always seem to be too many toys in my life. Which is funny because I hardly ever buy them. Okay maybe that is not entirely true!  Nonetheless more toys are constantly funneling in like unwanted rodents and I am constantly packing them out like, like, like – unwanted rodents. In a perfect world heaps of toys would make for happier, more engaged, more delightful children … RIGHT! Unfortunately there are often fights, bickering, and battles over the little hunks of plastic not to mention they quickly break becoming obstacles for me to trip on. Nevermind the mind-blowing environmental impact all this absolute junk is having on our lovely planet.  So for summer I am putting most of our toys away (partially, in truth, because I redecorated and never did get most of the boys stuff out again). So, we are making toys out of the rubbish bin, stuff that can easily be recycled when it ceases to amuse. This Week I am thinking we can finally make THESE!  And we are playing with real tools and trying to get all educational and inspired.  Come winter I am sure I will weaken and the toys will be pulled from the dark crannies of the basement to once again litter the landscape of my home. In the meantime I can now sweep the floor without first picking up 3 hundred million little pieces. In the meantime we are playing baby, gardener, prep cook, critter hunter, and painter. And when I happen to find myself eyeing anything toy related in the store I look at it and ask myself this -

When it is strewn cast off onto the floor will I…

a. Be glad I bought it because the boys happily play with it all the time.

b. Curse the day it was popped from its plastic ejected mold.

c. While no one is looking, throw it away.

d. Congratulate myself on the fact that it is made from eco-friendly wood and can at least be burned to heat our home.

e. Wish I had used the money to buy another Viburnum bush, LOVE!


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  1. tonya lemos says:

    i hear you! can’t tell you how many wooden toys i have burned to heat our last home!!

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